Home State Charge Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Prepare to Tackle Four of Indiana's Short Tracks INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC driving duo of Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., is set to take on...
Home State Charge
Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Prepare to Tackle Four of Indiana's Short Tracks
INDIANAPOLIS (May 22, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC driving duo of Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., is set to take on a schedule that will have them competing at four different race tracks in three different series as the final full week of May promises to be one of the most exciting the 2007 season has seen.
Kicking off the week will be USAC National Sprint Car Series events Tuesday at Twin Cities Raceway Park in North Vernon, Ind., and Wednesday at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway. Both tracks are making up events that were postponed in April due to inclement weather.
On Friday, TSR will make its first USAC Silver Crown Series appearance of the year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway in Indianapolis where the team will also debut a new Chevrolet engine. Paul Kistler of Kistler Engines maintains the team's Chevrolet program.
On Saturday, the team will compete with the USAC Midget Series at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in Clermont, Ind., for the first time this season. In addition to the on-track action, a silent auction to benefit injured TSR driver Tracy Hines will take place from 3-8:45 p.m. EDT. Items available for bidding include autographed memorabilia from several NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers and teams, as well as items donated by numerous NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series teams. Items have also been donated by countless USAC, World of Outlaws Sprint Series and ARCA series drivers and teams.
In each of Jones' last appearances at the 3/8-mile Twin Cities Raceway Park (July 13, 2006) and the paved Anderson Speedway (May 24, 2006) track, he grabbed fourth-place finishes. In his last race at the Indiana State Fair Speedway (May 26, 2006), he led 99 of 100 laps before being passed on the final lap by his former teammate, Josh Wise. Jones took the checkered flag in second. Jones finished 12th at his last event at ORP (July 1, 2006).
Stenhouse will be making his first race appearances at Twin Cities, Anderson and ORP this week. In 2006, Stenhouse drove to a 14th-place finish in his first race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Speedway. While he has not raced at Anderson or ORP, Stenhouse has logged laps in testing at both tracks.
Tuesday's USAC National Sprint Car Series event at Twin Cities will feature a 30-lap race. In 2006, Mat Neely won the series' only appearance at the facility. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or by calling 812-358-3849. The official Website of Twin Cities Raceway Park is www.twincitiesracing.net.
Gates open to the public at 5 p.m. EDT for Wednesday's Eighth Annual Glen Niebel Classic at Anderson Speedway. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. A 100-lap USAC Sprint Car feature will conclude the event at the 1/4-mile paved oval. The series' last contest at Anderson was won by Bryan Tyler (May 27, 2006). Tickets can be purchased at the gate on Wednesday or by calling 765-642-0206. For more information regarding Anderson Speedway, log on to www.andersonspeedway.com.
Practice begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT for Friday's 55th Annual Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The one-mile dirt oval will host a 100-lap feature event for the USAC Silver Crown Series. Race fans can purchase tickets by calling 317-927-1482. Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. EDT and racing begins at 7 p.m. For more information regarding the 55th Annual Hoosier Hundred, log on to www.usacracing.com.
Pit gates for the 62nd Annual Night Before the 500 event at ORP will open at 10 a.m. EDT. The driver's meeting is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. EDT. The .686-mile paved oval will host a 50-lap feature for the USAC Midget Series. Last year's event was won by Bobby Santos, Jr. Tickets are available by calling 317-291-4090. The official website of ORP is www.oreillyracewaypark.com.
Quote from Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim
As you approach one of TSR's busiest weeks of the year, are you looking forward to racing several times this week?
"This week is going to be awesome. I am so excited about the packed schedule. I love to race as much as I can, whenever I can, so this is right up my alley. It's also going to be pretty cool to get back in the Silver Crown Series car. We've worked really hard to get brand new cars
ready for this week and I think we're going to be really good. It's also going to be fun to transition back and forth from pavement to dirt throughout the week. The different tracks, surfaces and race cars will definitely present a challenge, but I know we're up to it. I think we'll have several chances to get Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops back in the winner's circle."
Quote from Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim
With all of the different racing series and venues you're going to face this week, are you looking forward to getting your first look at several of these facilities?
"I have a lot of confidence heading into this week. I think we're well prepared and it's going to be a lot of fun. Even though I've not raced at some of these tracks before, I'm okay with it. I just kind of roll with things as they come. All tracks have something different about them and they all change constantly. You just have to adapt to how things go throughout each night. We've tested at Anderson Speedway and ORP and that really gave me a chance to get comfortable in the car. It was good to get some laps. I know that I'll remember the things we learned during the test when we get on the pavement later this week. I'm also really excited to head back to the Fairgrounds with such a great team. The new cars we've built are going to be really good and I am anxious to get back in a Silver Crown car. Winning at Manzanita earlier this year was really cool and I think we have a great shot at giving Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops their first series victory on Friday."